Hawaii begins renegotiating football TV contract

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii has begun to renegotiate a deal to televise its university sports with Oceanic Time Warner as a local television station group tries to show its interest.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that the university and cable company began exclusive negotiations last week. The negotiations can continue until Feb. 28 and be extended to other parties if no deal is reached.

Athletic Director Ben Jay says talks haven't happened in person yet, but are being handled by Time Warner Cable's regional headquarters in Los Angeles.

Hawaii News Now, a local television station group that operates KHNL and KGMB and has a shared services agreement with KFVE, has publicly pushed for its own deal.

KHNL/KGMB General Manager Rick Blangiardi says it could bring more value and offer the games on free TV.

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